Continental Europe’s first Maker Faire

Continental Europe’s first official sanctioned Maker Faire is well underway in the Netherlands, tucked away at the Open Lab Ebbinge in the city of Groningen.

Of course the Groningen Maker Faire will feature cool builds like the bike-mounted workshop built by [Bertoa] we’ve seen and a few wind-powered beach animals inspired by the work of [Theo Jansen]. Also on the schedule are a 3D printed zoetrope, delta robot pick and place, radio controlled submarines, and of course a fleet of electric go karts.

A few of the talks involve a mashup of Google Earth and 3D modeling from [Ronald van Aalst] [Dick Stadaand], and a very interesting talk on disability insurance for self-employed entrepreneurs from [Biba Shoemaker] and [Andre Jonkers].

[buZz] from the NURDspace hackerspace in Wageningen wrote in to tell us he’ll be participating in the Groningen Maker Faire’s Scrapheap Challenge, an awesome contest that pits teams against each other to build something in a setup very similar to the fondly remembered Junkyard Wars.

Of course, Hackaday’s writers and editors are about 3,000 miles away from continental Europe’s first Maker Faire, so we can’t provide any live updates. If you have any pictures or video, send them in and we’ll put them up.


  1. TD-er says:

    Too bad I only just read about this… It’s about 15 km from where I live.
    A bit strange I never read about this, not even in the local news-sites.

    So let’s hope next year’s edition will have better promotions.

  2. Sebastian says:

    I’ve spent 2x 4 hours getting there and back. It was great and inspiring. Lots of nice people, really a great open festival. Not commercial at all, even the shops had great people. Next year a bit more promotion and a bit more central location (groningen is quite remote for most Dutch people). But it was great and i had lots of fun!

  3. Till says:

    I’m in Groningen for three months and today I accidentally walked past it! How lucky am I? I really really liked it.

  4. Random Person says:

    Bummer. This was in my hometown, but hadn’t heard about it until reading this.

  5. Zee says:

    Netherlands in October… geeze of all the countries to pick from in continental europe.

  6. Cyril says:

    What was Junkyard Wars?
    The US version of the British program Scrapheap Challenge…

  7. Well, the advertizing might have to do with the people organizing, but also with the people running these local TV and newspapers. They simply do not know what to expect of a Maker Faire…

    so, a big thanks for everything the orgnizers … organized so well, and for the rest, a bit of patience until our media get a grip on what Maker Faires actually are.
    By then, Reinoud “let’s video your appendicitis” Oerlemans, John “Big Brother” the Mol and Gaston will probably have taken them over.
    (sorry dutch joke, I could not resist).

  8. BigBoxDriver says:

    Would I’ve known before …. despite the fact that from Munich it’s a couple of KM to Groningen, I’ve arranged my schedule accordingly to be able to visit the event.

    So, next time more upfront promotion and I’m there ..


  9. Josh says:

    I put the Title Link on on Freenode.
    Looking to wear a bin.

  10. Axel says:

    Another Maker event, the Hamburg Maker Meeting took place on saturday as well:

    It took place for the first time but will be an annual event as well..

    Pics and Videos coming soon…

  11. Some of the dutch hackerspaces also were there to show of their 3D printer and give soldering workshop. If you want to see more stuff like this go to visit one in your neighborhood.

    Video :

    For more photo’s :

  12. Steven says:

    about 120km from my place…
    sad i did´nt read earlyer about this!
    (if i drive NOW, i can see them close the doors…)

  13. David Bakker says:

    A new chance for all, 2013’s edition of Groningen Maker Faire is on Oct. 12th 2013 :) See

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